Sakshi Malik refutes reports she has withdrawn from wrestlers’ protest
- India’s home minister
Amit Shahis known to have met the wrestlers on late Saturday.
- India’s top wrestling athletes have been protesting in New Delhi for the last few months, demanding action against
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singhover sexual misconduct.
- Singh is the president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and a BJP MP.
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"No this is all rumours we did not call off the protest. I came to the office to finish some pending work for a day or two and we are making our strategy on what to do next, how to continue the protest in a non-violent way," Malik told ANI.
Malik is an Olympics Bronze medalist, and is one of the 30 wrestlers protesting since January this year, demanding action against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
Along with Malik, top wrestlers like Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat had been on protest since the beginning of this year in order to press for the removal and arrest of the WFI chief. Complainants have accused Singh, who is also a BJP MP, of sexual harassment and intimidation.
India’s home minister Amit Shah is known to have met the wrestlers on late Saturday.
The Delhi police registered 10 complaints and two FIRs against WFI chief Singh. One of them was on the basis of a complaint from the father of a minor wrestler invoking the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act that entails a prison term of up to seven years on conviction.
Singh has however said that he will "hang himself" if even one accusation against him is true.
"I will hang myself even if one allegation against me turns out to be true. I stand by my statement," Bhushan told the media in Gonda.
(With ANI inputs)
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